Wear a corset when you are pregnant
Women still face pressure to be beautiful, but it used to be even worse, so much that using a corset was encouraged even in pregnancy! Can you imagine that already squashed baby with the adding crushing from the corset!?
Wash your Newborn with Lard
In the early 20th century, some parenting books said that babies needed to be bathed with lard for a week after they were born. That does not seem practical. You would have to give them a real bath right after!